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March 09 2015

Rising Sea Levels: Designing A Future To Save San Francisco

March 9th, 2015Posted by 

Surrounded by water, San Francisco sits as a sacrificial offering, waiting to be swallowed by the Pacific Ocean. The year is 2072 and San Francisco is an island. Downtown has been erased and gentrification in the Mission has finally laid to rest at the bottom of “Mission Gulf.” What was once a high powered tech city […]

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March 06 2015

War Declared Between Pedestrians and Cyclists in Toulouse, France

March 6th, 2015Posted by 

Sharing public space is a new notion in Toulouse, France, where pedestrian areas and cycling zones are being developed. Coexistence between these two groups is not always peaceful, and citizens believe the situation could potentially deteriorate further. Everyone in the world is, will be, or has once been, an automobilist, cyclist, or pedestrian – sometimes […]

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March 05 2015

Burlington, Vermont: A City Powered by Renewable Energy

March 5th, 2015Posted by 

Burlington, Vermont, located in the American Northeast, became the first city in the country to be completely powered by renewables at the start of 2015. This is a small revolution in a country where carbon levels remain particularly high. This is the culmination of a project that was initiated by the City in the 1990s. Notably, the […]

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March 03 2015

Four Years After Paris, France’s Fréquel-Fontarabie Eco-Neighborhood Opening

March 3rd, 2015Posted by 

Four years after its opening, and one year after being labelled an “eco-neighborhood,” what has become of the Fréquel-Fontarabie housing block, located in Paris’s 20th district? Has it been able to fulfill its energy-conservation promises? A mid-February evaluation allowed us to take stock of the situation of this program developed ten years ago in partnership […]

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March 03 2015

Impact of Paris, France Tourism Worries UNESCO and the World Tourism Organization

March 3rd, 2015Posted by 

Two-thousand-and-fourteen saw the number of tourists traveling the planet break the record of 1.1 trillion, 51 million more than the previous year. It seems that the movement is far from stopping since the trips, often at low cost, grow at an exponential rate. The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), like UNESCO, has sounded the alarm, especially regarding […]

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March 02 2015

The Year of Milan, Italy? Starting the Countdown to Expo 2015

March 2nd, 2015Posted by 

According to internet buzz, Milan is the city of the moment and the place to visit in 2015. In addition to this year’s Fashion Week and Design Week, Milan will also be the host of one of the largest world fairs held since 1800: Expo 2015. One hundred and seventy-five countries are set to take part in this international fair, with 7,000 different […]

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February 27 2015

Minneapolis, Minnesota’s Loring Park Beautifully Mixes Local Culture

February 27th, 2015Posted by 

Loring Park, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, experiences an incredible blend of culture and art. It has a prime location; bordered by multiple neighborhoods, academic establishments, downtown Minneapolis, The Minneapolis Convention Center and the famous Walker Art Center. All of this causes the park to be a hub of diversity for the City of Minneapolis. Loring Park […]

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February 27 2015

Nice, France Bets on Solar Power Experiment for Energy Solutions

February 27th, 2015Posted by 

Since 2011, the program Nice Grid, based outside of Nice, France, has been testing the integration of solar panels within industrial enterprises and individual homes. Their grand-scale experiment could allow them to develop solutions that are applicable to all, particularly the creation of a Smart Grid energy-network that is more reactive to community energy use. For […]

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February 25 2015

Los Angeles’ Eco-Village Proves Intentional is Possible in Urban Settings

February 25th, 2015Posted by 

Consisting of two city blocks in the intensely-urban, working-class neighborhood of Koreatown, the Los Angeles Eco-Village is one of the few intentional communities that exist in Los Angeles. What exactly is an eco-village? Taken from the Global Ecovillage Network, an eco-village is an “intentional community using local participatory processes to integrate ecological, economic, social, and […]

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February 23 2015

Is Momentum Building for Daylighting Park River in Hartford, Connecticut?

February 23rd, 2015Posted by 

The Park River in Hartford, Connecticut meanders through the city, but you might never know it. Once a historically valuable and nostalgic part of Hartford (at least to Mark Twain, who lived along it), it now flows through two conduits channeled under city’s downtown. While neither the river nor the conduits are visible from the […]

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February 20 2015

Benin, Africa Architect Roméo Mivekannin: “Architecture is a Powerful Political Act”

February 20th, 2015Posted by 

Roméo Mivekannin is a young Beninese architect from Cotonou, Africa, where his family still lives. He has just finished his studies at the Distinguished National School of Architecture in Toulouse (ENSA). As a student, he followed an unusual path of study. This, coupled with his fierce desire to succeed, helped him to make his longtime […]

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February 20 2015

Lack of Informal Tea Stalls for Well-designed Powai Signals Exclusivity in Mumbai, India

February 20th, 2015Posted by 

The experience of driving into Powai in Mumbai, India, is like finding an island in the middle of the sea. After miles of utilitarian roads surrounded by housing of all types, entering Powai’s well-designed promenades feels like a rush of escapism. The recent Hiranandani Gardens development project features vast streetscapes with everything from posh restaurants […]

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February 19 2015

What Does the 2016 Formation of “Grand Paris” Mean for Arrondissements?

February 19th, 2015Posted by 

Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, an informational meeting about Grand Paris took place in the City Hall of the 4th arrondissement. I was very happy to take part in it because it was very interesting. On this point, I must express my regret that information about the fact that this meeting was being held was not […]

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February 18 2015

Mark Friis: A Leader in Bike & Pedestrian Safety Advocacy in Inland Empire, CA

February 18th, 2015Posted by 

I see Mark Friis as soon as I walk into Stell Coffee & Tea, a popular cyclist hangout in Redlands, CA. He’s relaxing at the counter, and as we shake hands he says, “Should we get a sandwich?” The barista, as well as the next 3 people who walk in, know Mark by name. That’s […]

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February 16 2015

Milan, Italy Ranks 41 in the World According to Mercer’s Quality of Life Index

February 16th, 2015Posted by 

Leadership, as we speak about it, comes in many different forms. Often, leadership involves mapping out the future of an organization. An effective leader creates an inspiring vision of the future, motivating and inspiring others to participate. But how can a city be a leader? What would be the qualities of this leading city, and how would we […]

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February 13 2015

Montreal, Canada Aims to Double City’s Bike Paths Despite Naysayers

February 13th, 2015Posted by 

Montreal, Canada intends to double the length of its biking network over the course of the next few years – a project that could cost about 150 million dollars. The opposition, however, doubts the Coderre administration’s capacity to lead so many projects. The metropolis has begun to map the development of the bike path network, […]

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February 13 2015

Minneapolis, Minnesota’s Inclusion of Sculptural Art Activates its Public Spaces

February 13th, 2015Posted by 

Minneapolis, Minnesota is considered a city with a strong passion for art, with many theaters and art museums scattered throughout the urban fabric of the community. One big giveaway of the metro area’s devotion to the art culture is the way that sculptural pieces are incorporated throughout the public spaces of the city, including areas […]

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February 12 2015

Planning A Sustainable 117-Square Kilometer City in Henan Province, China

February 12th, 2015Posted by 

Following my first post entitled “Being an Urban Designer in China: Between Dream and Reality,” which was about my work environment in China, many readers were waiting for the next one about my professional experience, notably the urban projects on which I worked. Among all these projects, one particularly touched me and for several reasons. […]

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February 10 2015

Controversy Surrounds Paris, France’s Marais & Tourist Coach Parking

February 10th, 2015Posted by 

We have said it many times to the elected officials, the police, and in particular to Pierre Aidenbaum, the Mayor of the 3rd arrondissement, and to the Central Deputy Commissioner Cyril Lacombe, the Marais must never, under any circumstance, despite its numerous museums, become a parking lot for tourism coaches and school buses. Indeed, two […]

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February 10 2015

Idealistic Eco-Neighborhood in Lille, France Faces Unforeseen Problems

February 10th, 2015Posted by 

Humanicité is an eco-neighborhood supported by the Catholic University of Lille, France. It is situated next to a metro station and in immediate proximity to the hospital. The project is meant to be a living lab, creating the community life of the future, except for that the project is missing social diversity and public facilities. […]

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